Saturday, 4 August 2012

Sampler Review - Red Riding Quartet

This two-track sampler featuring Over & Out and Together comes on like just the sort of thing I seem to love at the moment; the opening bars feel like nostalgia drenched dirty rock from the 70s in the mould of Led Zeppelin or The Who, but happily as the story unfolds there is a much more modern dynamic at work.

Both tracks showcase Andrew Whittaker’s versatility as a vocalist, he mixes moody, melodic vocals with a nu-metal howl; this pretty much sums the sound up too, it’s both bleak and beautiful stuff, just like the David Peace novels which inspired the name, as moments of glacier pure guitars seem to slide into powerful gusts of choruses against a heavy grey sky.

Sadly, the band is losing their current bass player as he is emigrating, with last weekend’s show at Clarence Park being your last chance to see this line up. Despair not, though because as one door closes, another often opens- if you enjoy this as much as I did, but you can actually play bass, then you could join them!

Have a look at them here whether or not you fancy a tryout!

Matt Rhodie

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